We have covered many apps for the Mac already, like our essential list of Mac apps. One of the apps we found to be a must-have is Launchbar. We love it so much that we decided to write a whole article about it and show you, with help of a couple screencasts, why this app is essential for any Mac power user.
If you are completely new to the concept of application launchers and/or Launchbar, you want to watch the screencast below. The idea behind application launchers such as Launchbar is that you minimize the use of your mouse and instead you use your keyboard. Like we have written before, using keyboard shortcuts make you more efficient.
Some of you might wonder with Lion’s Launchpad, would you still use Launchbar? Yes, you would. Launchpad still requires for you use to your trackpad or mouse, which slows you down. With Launchbar you can launch apps a lot faster because you only need your keyboard.
Web browsing tips and tricks
The following screencast shows you how surfing the web can be a lot more convenient with Launchbar. The tips will show you how you can visit websites with only using Launchbar. It will also show you how you can use Launchbar for different search engines like Google, Wikipedia, and Amazon for faster searching.
This is one of my favorite features of Launchbar: Instant Send. It allows you to quickly send files to programs or have selected text ready for Launchbar manipulation. The screencast below will show you why Instant Send is so awesome. It is especially great for sending email attachments, as is demonstrated below.
Other application launchers
While Launchbar is a great app, it is not the only application launcher available on OS X. For some people, Spotlight is good enough and there is nothing wrong with that. If you want to test drive a couple other application launchers, check out the list below.
- Alfred – A free app launcher that is very popular.
- Quicksilver – This was one of the first application launchers for OS X.
- Butler – Besides launching apps, Butler also has many other features.
Grab a copy of Launchbar (or any other application launcher) and become a keyboard rockstar.
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